What Is Gum
Periodontitis (gum disease) is caused by bacteria and food that collect at the gum line as dental plaque. Plaque is removed by regular cleaning and flossing. If plaque is not properly removed it can harden into tartar. This causes the gum starts to come away from the tooth forming pockets and the tartar spreads below the gum line. Over time the bone that supports the teeth wears away, the gums shrink, eventually the teeth may become loose, and in some instances, this may lead to tooth loss.
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Root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces. This helps promote gum tissue growth and prevents further build-up of tartar.
Bone grafting may be required if periodontitis has led to bone loss. The periodontal specialist will remedy this by placing real or artificial bone under the gums. The bone graft helps hold your teeth in place preventing tooth loss.
Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)
What are the Benefits
Healthier gums and a fresher mouth
Reduced or no bleeding of gums when brushing
Reduced or no soreness of gums when brushing
Stronger gums means stronger teeth!
Reduced or no discomfort when eating
Longer lasting teeth and healthier gums
Who Can Get Gum Disease?
Do You Have
If you experience any of the below symptoms, please get in touch with a member of our team:
– Bleeding gums when brushing
– Bleeding gums when eating
– Red, swollen gums
– Receding gums
– Bad breath
– Spaces appearing between teeth
– Loose teeth or teeth changing position in the mouth
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it is possible to develop periodontitis even if you regularly brush and floss. Good oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day, flossing and using interdental brushes will help to prevent gum disease.
To prevent gum disease ensure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss and use interdental brushes and visit the dentist regularly. Avoid using tobacco products, maintain a healthy diet, and manage stress. These steps will help you keep your gums healthy and reduce the risk of gum disease.
In short, no. But, certain factors contribute to the spread of gum disease between individuals in close contact. For example, repeated contact through saliva may increase your risk for periodontal disease.
Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing is often an early sign of gum disease (gingivitis). It indicates that you have inflammed and sensitive gums. The build-up of plaque along the gumline may irritates the gums leading to bleeding.
Some common risk factors for gum disease include smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy), certain medications, genetic predisposition, and poor oral hygiene habits.
Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, and pregnancy complications. This is because the bacteria that causes gum disease can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, leading to inflammation and damage.
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